Italian Fig Cookies (Cuccidati or Buccellati)
This is my favorite Christmas cookie recipe by far—but it’s so good I make it any time of the year!
If there’s one non-negotiable Christmas cookie at my house, it’s this one. Filled with a scrumptious mixture of figs, walnuts, raisins, orange, and honey, these traditional Fig Cookies are a staple in Italian households. I love to top them with a confectioners’ sugar glaze and a sprinkle of colorful nonpareils which makes them a festive addition to my Christmas cookie gift boxes (and holiday dessert table)!
You do need a little special equipment for this recipe—I make my fig mixture by processing the filling ingredients through the grinder attachment on my stand mixer. Since this is my signature cookie, the recipe is designed to make a very large batch—enough for me and my husband, our four children, and all of our holiday guests. You’ve been warned!